November 17, 2015
A local theatre company is on the hunt for 1980s fashion items that people may have tucked away in the wardrobe. Anyone who can help Newport Playgoers kit out their actors for an updated version of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ will receive a credit in the show’s programme.
Desperate for ‘80s clothes: director Emma Brunnock and the cast of ‘As You Like It’ need your help. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)
“We’re looking for shell suits, flared skirts, dresses with shoulder pads and stretch pants – anything that says 1980s,” said the play’s director Emma Brunnock.
“If anyone has big hair wigs or ‘Miami Vice’ style suits that would be great too. Our aim is to give all the characters a genuine ‘80s look. We promise to take excellent care of any items lent to us, and we’ll give people an acknowledgment in the programme to thank them.”
The cast of ‘As You Like It’ enjoying rehearsals for Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)
‘As You Like It’ is one of Shakespeare’s early plays – a comic take on pastoral romance that begins with a flurry of banishments and ends with true love conquering all after the heroes and heroines are forced to leave the city and retreat to the forest, where they learn the simple values of rustic life.
It was made into a highly successful, award-winning film by Kenneth Branagh in 2006. Packed with comedy and fast-paced action, Playgoers’ version promises to be totally accessible to modern audiences of all ages.
‘As You Like It’ can be seen at the Dolman Theatre from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th January 2016. You can book tickets now by phoning 01633 263670 or visiting www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.
September 4, 2013
Steve Bissex-Williams outside the new look Dolman Theatre.(Photo: Phil Mansell)
Anyone passing the Dolman Theatre will have hopefully noticed the bright new frontage that is now in place. This is just one of many innovations being put in place by the new Front of House Manager, Steve Bissex-Williams.
There are many more changes to come which we are sure will greatly enhance your theatre-going experience.
Inside the theatre, a group of volunteers have been assisting Becky Phillips and Steve in re-organising the Dolman’s extensive wardrobe department during the closed season.
Becky Phillips and Steve Bissex-Williams with some of the many volunteers who helped re-organise the wardrobe department. (Photo: Phil Mansell)
This has involved cleaning the department from top to bottom and sorting through hundreds of dresses, coats, hats, shoes, shirts and blouses from every era imaginable. New shelving and hanging rails were constructed to make it easier to locate the plethora of items which ranged from jewellery and fascinators to ties and waistcoats.
Steve said, “A big thank you to everyone who came to the rescue of wardrobe over the course of three weekends. All your efforts were much appreciated.”
Head of Wardrobe Becky Phillips with Steve Bissex-Williams in the revamped wardrobe department. (Photo: Phil Mansell)